In this episode I visit with Tony Brigmon about his upcoming keynote speech at IMPACT 2019, entitled “The Funomenal Workplace: Energizing People & Culture with the Positive Power of Fun”. Some of the highlights from the podcast include:

Tony’s professional history at SW Airlines as the “Ambassador of Fun”. SW is generally recognized as one of the most fun places to work in the US.

  1. Why joy and laughter are keys to a great corporate culture.
  2. Some thoughts from his book “The FUNOMENAL WORKPLACE: Energizing People & Culture with the Positive Power of Fun!”
  3. How a fun workplace enhances corporate culture and improves the organization.
  4. Information on why you should attend ECI’s IMPACT 2019.

Resources:

Tony Brigmon website here

Registration and Information on IMPACT 2019 here.

We are on Episode IV of a five-part exploration of the recent the Department of Justice and Securities Exchange Commission resolution of a Foreign Corrupt Practices Act enforcement action against the Russian telecom company, Mobile TeleSystems PJSC (MTS). In this episode,  I look at the individual indictments, which charged Gulnara Karimova, daughter of the former President of Uzbekistan, with one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering and Bekhzod Akhmedov, a former MTS executive based in Uzbekistan with FCPA violations of one count of conspiracy to violate the FCPA, two counts of violating the FCPA, and one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering.

The indictment discussed the three companies who paid bribes to Karimova, who then laundered the money on the international stage. They were VimpelCom Ltd. (now VEON Ltd.), Telia Company AB (formerly TeliaSonera AB) (Telia) and MTS. The schemes Karimova used were so similar as to be almost identical. The only thing that changed was the name of the company she was shaking down money from in her march towards receiving over $1 billion in ill-gotten payments.

The documents which are the subject of this series are:

  1. MTS Deferred Prosecution Agreement (DPA);
  2. MTS Criminal Information (MTS Information);
  3. SEC Cease and Desist Order (Order);
  4. Karimova and Akhmedov Indictment (Indictment);
  5. Kolorit Dizayn Ink LLC Plea Agreement (Plea Agreement); and
  6. Kolorit Dizayn Ink Information (Kolorit Information);
  7. DOJ Press Release and
  8. SEC Press Release.

In this episode, I visit with Jonathan Armstrong consider some of his predictions for the rest of 2019. Even if these predictions do not become fully formed, you should consider them in light of your data privacy/data protection policies and protocols. Some of the issues and highlights are:

  1. Drones-what are the GDPR implications.
  2. The number of data breach notifications under GDPR. Through the end of January there were over 42,000 in the EU alone.
  3. Will AI and self-driving cars follow the rules on safe driving standards, or will there be new rules for the road?
  4. What will be the effects of data, big data and AI in elections going forward? What will be the fallout from Cambridge Analytica going forward?
  5. How will businesses respond to the industrialization of internet crime? What happens when there is a Zero-Day exploit?
  6. Cybersecurity insurance. Will standard insurance rules and regulations apply, or will new policy language be drafted for such coverage?

For more information on Cordery Compliance, go their website here. Also check out the GDPR Navigator, one of the top resources for GDPR Compliance by clicking here.

MARCH 21, 2019 BY TOM FOX

In today’s edition of Daily Compliance News:

  • Chuck Pearson pleads guilty. (com)
  • USC goes after the students fraudulently admitted. (NPR)
  • EU spank Google to the tune of $1.5bn for anti-trust violations. (Financial Times)
  • Bayer stock plummets. (Washington Post)

In a stunning resolution to one of the longest running bribery, corruption and money-laundering sagas on the international stage, the Department of Justice and Securities Exchange Commission both announced settlement of a Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement action against the Russian telecom company, Mobile TeleSystems PJSC (MTS). This podcast continues a five-part series will examine the background facts of the case, provide a detailed review of the bribery schemes involved, the compliance failures of MTS and its actions during the investigation which contributed to the size of the penalty, the individual criminal prosecutions brought by the Department of Justice as a part of this action and the key lessons learned by the compliance practitioner. In this Part 3, I discuss the failures in the MTS compliance regime, the override of internal controls and local business unit management actions which facilitated the bribery schemes.
The schemes involved:
a. Purchase of entities controlled by or through Karimova;
b. Purchase of telecom licenses at inflated prices; and
c. Fraudulent charitable donations.
The documents which are the subject of this series are:
  1. MTS Deferred Prosecution Agreement (DPA);
  2. MTS Criminal Information (MTS Information);
  3. SEC Cease and Desist Order (Order);
  4. Karimova and Akhmedov Indictment (Indictment);
  5. Kolorit Dizayn Ink LLC Plea Agreement (Plea Agreement); and
  6. Kolorit Dizayn Ink Information (Kolorit Information);
  7. DOJ Press Release and
  8. SEC Press Release.